Silk Hankies, A New Colourway, and Other News

I started dyeing up silk hankies (matawa) in January and recently added them for sale to my website. Matawa are 100 % silk hankies with dozens of layers in each hankie. Each layer can be spun one at a time or can be drafted (stretched) and knitted directly. There are several silk hankies in each 1 oz (28 g) package. I have also created a few 1/2 oz (14 g) packages to enable people to give this a try with only a small investment. A few weeks ago, I created a new colourway, Lulu’s Folly, at the request of my friend, Michelle. A mutual friend, Louise (Lulu), got several bright streaks added to her hair and Michelle wanted me to use Louise’s new colourful hair as the inspiration for the colourway. Here’s a picture of Louise holding the skeins that she bought in this new colourway. I think that it turned out quite well and matches her hair. I will be a vendor at The Gathering in Port Hope, Ontario on Saturday, May 3. This will be my third year attending this event and I’m looking forward to it. I have also recently booked a booth at the Twist Fibre Festival in August, and a table at the Wolfe Island Fibre Festival in September. My friend, Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine, will be attending this events with me. You can find a complete list of events that I am attending on my event page. I place all announcements on the Yvieknits Yarns Facebook page and in my Yvieknits Yarns group in...

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Chesterville Spin-In

Chesterville Spin-In

On Wednesday, February 12th, I went to the 15th annual Chesterville Spin-In with Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine. This was my first time attending this event, but Francine had attended this event as a vendor for the last two years. As our tables were beside each other, we pushed our two tables together and did a combined table as we often do. I tried to take a picture of our whole combined table but I realized when I reviewed my pictures at home that I didn’t get far enough away from our table to include all of Francine’s section in any of the pictures. It was a beautiful day and 67 people attended this event from all over. Many people brought their spinning wheels with them and spent a good part of the day spinning and enjoying themselves in general. There were several other vendors there. Sheeps Ahoy had the table beside us so we were able to hang out with Debbie Wilson, the owner, all day. My biggest seller at the Spin-In was my hand-dyed silk hankies. The basket shown in the picture above was full when I arrived, but as you can see, that I sold half of my stock. Francine suggested that I start dyeing the silk hankies as she plans to teach some workshops on knitting directly from the silk hankies without spinning it first. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table. We had a great time and are looking forward to coming back again next...

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My open house on Feb 8/2014

My open house on Feb 8/2014

 My friend Francine of Fancy That – Creations kindly came over on Friday night with her shawl pins, stitch markers and mannequins to help me set up our display for the open house. As you can see from the pictures below, she is very good at creating beautiful displays. The pictures of the display were taken by my friend Natalie of Natalie Servant Designs kindly on my behalf with my camera on Saturday morning. The two black binders (one on the table and one on the buffet) that you see in the pictures contain Natalie’s beautiful patterns. Luckily, it was a good weather day here in Stittsville on Saturday so it wasn’t long until several of the chairs shown in the picture above were claimed. Everyone seemed to have a good time knitting and chatting away. There were a few breaks between new arrivals this time so I even had a chance to sit down to knit and chat with the group a couple of times. Thank you so much to everyone who attended my 3rd Yvieknits Yarns Open House and for all your purchases. You made this my most successful open house so far. A special thank you to my friend, Jaimee, who make an excellent greeter at my front door. In other news, Francine and I are going to be vendors at the Chesterville Spin-In this upcoming Wednesday (Feb 12). This will be my first time attending the Spin-In and I’m looking forward to it. I have heard such good things about it from Francine, who has been a vendor there the last two years. The other thing I wanted to mention is that I have created a Facebook page for Yvieknits Yarns and I would love it if you would all check it...

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And the winner is …

Thank you to everyone who entered my contest and for the lovely comments and suggestions as to what they would make with this yarn if they won. And the winner is Josephine Cheung with comment #4 who said that “I would make a shawl, or pair it with another yarn for a colourwork hat.” I have already emailed Josephine and I’m waiting to hear back as to which of the two colourway she is going to chose.

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2013 in review and a give-away contest

2013 in review and a give-away contest

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this upcoming year is a happy and properous one for you and yours with lots of yarny goodness in it. 2013 was another year of growth for me with regards to Yvieknits Yarns. I hosted my first open house for Yvieknits Yarns at my house on Saturday, February 9th to celebrate the first anniversary of my website. Everyone who attended seemed to have a great time and several expressed the hope that I would have another open house. I decided to host one every six months (the next one will be on Saturday, February 8th). I attended The Gathering in Port Hope for the second time on Saturday, April 13th and it was a lovely time. This time, my friend Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine attended this event with me. On Saturday, June 22nd, The Loop in Halifax, Nova Soctia hosted my first trunk show at a yarn store while I have in town visiting my best friend and her family. There was a very good selection of my yarns at the show due to the fact that I brought over 100 skeins along with me and that Mimi placed an order with me about two weeks before. I loved the setup that Mimi had to display my yarn in her store. In August, I hosted my second open house on Saturday, August 10th and Francine and I shared a booth again at the second Twist Festival on August 24th and 25th. We were both pleased to see how much the attendance of this festival had increased from last year. September was a very busy month for me. I mailed out two yarn orders (1 to The Loop and my first order to The Robbins’ Nest in Brighton, ON). Francine and I attended the second annual Wolfe Island Fibre Fest on Saturday, September 14th and The Robbins’ Nest also hosted a trunk show for Yvieknits Yarns on September 27th and 28th during the annual AppleFest in Brighton. I was a vendor again at Ottawa Knitting Guild vendors’ night in October. I visited Yarns etc in downtown Ottawa in mid-November with samples of my yarns as I heard that the owner was looking for another local dyer. She agreed to carry my yarn and I brought what I had available for her to choose from a few days later. She decided to carry all 10 of my yarn bases and chose a selection in each of my yarns. I launched two new yarns this year, Merino Single Ply Fingering and Merino/Silk DK, and I’m pleased to say that they were both well received and three of my retailers are carrying...

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Knitted and knitting related gifts

Knitted and knitting related gifts

I gave a few knitted gifts and one knitting related gift this Christmas. I am still working on a few other knitted gifts which luckily for me have a later deadline. I knitted a neckwarmer for each of my friend’s two little girls using 1 skein of my Merino Sport yarn in the Springtime Lilacs colourways. I used the Neck Warmer pattern by Brenda Zuk with a couple of modifications. I only cast on 100 sts instead of 120 sts since I was knitting for a 6 and 4 years old and I also shortened the ribbing at the beginning to 6 inches and 5 1/2 inches respectively. For the neck warmer for the 4 year old, I also skipped the second set of increases and moved straight into continueing the 2 x 2 ribbing. My friend’s oldest daughter kindly agreed to model her neck warmer for me. I knit a Modified Modcap by Elizabeth Cherry from Jane Austens Knits for a friend who hasn’t received it yet. I double-stranded some heavy fingering weight yarn that is a merino/cashmere/silk blend (I’ve misplaced the labels) in a pretty red for the hat. I’m afraid that my attempts to take a picture of myself wearing the hat with my camera phone didn’t turn out very well. I also gave this big boxy bag from Zig Zag Stitches to my Mom to use for her sweater projects. I gave my Mom a smaller boxy project bag last year and she loves it and uses it often, but she didn’t have anything as nice to use for larger projects. I received the following knitting related gifts from a few friends. I received a pair of large decorative needles with a cute little mouse munching on a chuck of cheese on the end of each needle from my friend T (first picture at the top). I received this mug from Starbucks from my friend B and this 1000 piece puzzle from her Mom. My family and I had a lovely Christmas this year. I hope that you and your family did as...

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Yarns etc revisited

Yarns etc revisited

Last Wednesday (Dec 11th), I went downtown Ottawa to meet a friend for lunch and to do a little bit of Christmas shopping. While I was downtown, I stopped by Yarns etc to take some pictures of the store since I had forgotten to do that when I was there before. Yarns etc sells quite a bit of locally dyed yarn (Yvieknits Yarns, Turtlepurl Yarns and Riverside Studios yarns). The local yarns are currently displayed on the table in the middle of the store. In the picture on the left, my yarn is on the bottom row and the top row is mix of Turtlepurl and Riverside Studios yarns. I was pleased to see that 18 skeins (a little more than 25% of the order) has already been sold since I delivered it to Yarns etc about two weeks ago. The two pictures below shows the 46 skeins that were still there as of Wednesday mid-afternoon.       Yarns etc is located near the corner of Rideau St and Nicholas St and it is also about 1 block and a half away from the Nicholas St exit from the Rideau Centre. They carry a good selection of different yarns plus knitting, crochet and embroidery supplies. I’m afraid that as usual, I was so focused on the yarn that I forgot to take pictures of the other items that the store...

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Yarns etc in Ottawa, ON

Yarns etc in downtown Ottawa is now carry my yarns. I delivered 64 skeins to the store yesterday afternoon. Seema, the owner, told me that she planned to put my yarn on the table in the front window last night and they would be available for sale starting this morning. There is a selection of the following 10 yarns at the store: Angel Select Lace, BFL/Silk Select Lace, Cash Sock, Merino Light Fingering, Merino/Silk DK, Merino/Silk Fingering, Merino Single Ply Fingering, Merino Sport, Sock and Sparkly...

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